Match funding rules for LIFT
The maximum LIFT grant you can apply for is limited to 50% of the costs of delivering your project. You will need to have identified the remaining 50% of your project funding before your project starts.
Eligible cash match funding may be from either public or private funds, and can include the following:
- Your organisation’s own funds
- Revenue funding from non-EU funding sources
- Income from trading (for social enterprises for example)
- Financial contributions from a business or other enterprise benefiting from your LIFT Skills or LIFT Trials project
Eligible in kind match funding can include:
- Project volunteer time ‘costed’ at an appropriate, agreed pay scale.
- Council Officer in-kind time from South Norfolk District Council if your project is in South Norfolk and fits with their priorities (these can also be included on your claim to increase your indirect cost calculation). The LIFT Facilitator can broker discussions with South Norfolk District Council about working in partnership.
Below you can find a summary of match funding opportunities the LIFT team has identified. For more information read the Match Funding Factsheet (on the sidebar).
Match funding through formal delivery partners of LIFT
Broadland District Council
Broadland District Council has made available £60,000 of cash match funding for LIFT projects that will benefit their local residents and businesses.
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South Norfolk District Council
If your project is based in South Norfolk you can be considered for cash or in-kind match funding from the District Council's Early Help Hub:
- Cash match funds £75,000 across the programme for small community and voluntary sector applicants
- £45,000 of in-kind staff time available to those who wish to work with South Norfolk District Council in partner projects
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If you would like to be considered for some of the Broadland or South Norfolk District Councils' match funds for your project you should indicate this on your LIFT Expression of Interest form. Please read the Factsheets on the sidebar for more information.
Other district councils have been approached for match funding.
Other ideas for sources of match funding
You may want to explore funding that is already aimed at your type of organisation or project activity. From the Lottery for example, the UK government, local councils or charitable trusts and foundations.
Registering with Grantfinder means you can be kept informed of new funding opportunities on a regular basis. Also, register with BeeHiveGiving which will search through thousands of funders to find ones relevant to your organisation. Also check the Grants and Funding page on Norfolk County Council website.
Other sources of funding that might be worth exploring for your match are shown below. Please note they are not linked with LIFT and are suggestions only:
Norfolk Community Foundation
Norfolk Community Foundation administers a range of Funds on behalf of individuals, businesses, local authorities and other donors who wish to support good causes in Norfolk.
Suffolk Community Foundation
For projects that will benefit the parts of Mid Suffolk and Waveney that fall into the LIFT catchment area we suggest your research the Suffolk Community Foundation website
New Anglia LEP Skills Deal Funding
- An opportunity for employers, alongside training providers, to seek funding for project proposals that address a gap in – or barrier to accessing – training provision
- For projects under the LIFT Skills strand
Breckland Council Community Funding
- For project activities benefiting Breckland District residents or businesses
- Small grants between £500 and £5,000 and Large grants £5,001 and £20,000
- Managed by Norfolk Community Foundation
North Norfolk District Council Big Society Fund
- For project activities benefiting North Norfolk residents or businesses
- Grants of up to £15k
- Mainly for capital costs for buildings and equipment
The Discovery Foundation, The Santander Foundation
- The Santander Foundation provides grants to support knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities.
- UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions to fund small, local projects helping disadvantaged people
- Grants up to £5,000
More Than A Pub. Plunkett Foundation
- For LIFT projects around skills and employability around community-owned pubs, this could be a match funding opportunity
- Funded activities could include the provision of employment and volunteering opportunities, work place training and additional services such as a shop, post office, library, internet café, cash point, prescription services and informal meeting spaces for a range of community activities.
- Average grant is expect to be £37,500
Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme
- Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.
- The project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000
- It could be used as part of match funding for LIFT projects
Heritage Lottery Fund. Resilient Heritage
- To help you to strengthen your organisation, and build the capacity of your staff and volunteers to better manage heritage in the long term.
- It can be match funding for specific LIFT projects that are in line with managing heritage.
- Grants of £3,000-£250,000